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Is my PSU limiting my OC

Zurg94
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So, I've overclocked my 970ssc to about 3700mem and it's pretty fine for the most part. My only problem is that, occasionally, my PC will crash/freeze when tabbing out of games or when multi-player games end and the game will become unresponsive. I would usually associate a Psu issue with the PC crashing/reseting entirely, so I'm really not sure if it is a Psu issue, the only reason I believe it may be is because I have a crappy EVGA 80+ 600w white psu. Maybe it's just not meant to be. 

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It's most likely crashing because your overclock is unstable. Add more voltage to your core and max out your power/temp limit. If that doesn't help, then you'll have to turn down your overclock to something stable. Use Unigine Valley Benchmark to validate your overclock by running the benchmark for at least an hour.

CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 RAM: Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 (1x2GB), Crucial DDR3-1600 (2x4GB), Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600 (1x4GB) GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II 2GB SSD: Samsung 860 EVO 2.5" 1TB HDDs: WD Green 3.5" 1TB, WD Blue 3.5" 1TB PSU: Corsair AX860i & CableMod ModFlex Cables Case: Fractal Design Meshify C TG (White) Fans: 2x Dynamic X2 GP-12 Monitors: LG 24GL600F, Samsung S24D390 Keyboard: Logitech G710+ Mouse: Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Mouse Pad: Steelseries QcK Audio: Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones

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5 minutes ago, r2724r16 said:

It's most likely crashing because your overclock is unstable. Add more voltage to your core and max out your power/temp limit. If that doesn't help, then you'll have to turn down your overclock to something stable. Use Unigine Valley Benchmark to validate your overclock by running the benchmark for at least an hour.

or use the 5 min +25 mhz method. If it's stable with that benchmark for 5 minutes on your overclock, add 25 mhz on what you're working with (memory or core) and try that untill its stable. when you think it is, run it for an hour

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21 minutes ago, seon123 said:

The PSU is absolutely garbage, but the overclock is not limited by it. The issues are likely because of the overclock. 

I believe so, would you advise upgrading anyway. I was looking at getting a better rated modular next year anyway. 

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20 minutes ago, r2724r16 said:

It's most likely crashing because your overclock is unstable. Add more voltage to your core and max out your power/temp limit. If that doesn't help, then you'll have to turn down your overclock to something stable. Use Unigine Valley Benchmark to validate your overclock by running the benchmark for at least an hour.

How much voltage at a time? 

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Just now, Zurg94 said:

How much voltage at a time? 

There is no exact answer. Adding 25mV at a time should be fine though.

CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 RAM: Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 (1x2GB), Crucial DDR3-1600 (2x4GB), Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600 (1x4GB) GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II 2GB SSD: Samsung 860 EVO 2.5" 1TB HDDs: WD Green 3.5" 1TB, WD Blue 3.5" 1TB PSU: Corsair AX860i & CableMod ModFlex Cables Case: Fractal Design Meshify C TG (White) Fans: 2x Dynamic X2 GP-12 Monitors: LG 24GL600F, Samsung S24D390 Keyboard: Logitech G710+ Mouse: Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Mouse Pad: Steelseries QcK Audio: Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones

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3 minutes ago, Zurg94 said:

I believe so, would you advise upgrading anyway. I was looking at getting a better rated modular next year anyway. 

evga g2 are great quality for the price

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2 minutes ago, r2724r16 said:

There is no exact answer. Adding 25mV at a time should be fine though.

Just wanted to know what was safe atleast. Also I tried small increments last night and HWmonitor showed no change in voltage. Stayed at 1.0 (should be 1.2) I assumed it was just a fault of the software. Thankyou, anyways. 

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34 minutes ago, Zurg94 said:

So, I've overclocked my 970ssc to about 3600mem and it's pretty fine for the most part. My only problem is that, occasionally, my PC will crash/freeze when tabbing out of games or when multi-player games end and the game will become unresponsive.

 

You are new to overclock, aren't you?

 

All those problems are to be expected when your overclock is unstable, retry an overclock with different settings if you experience any issues, that's it.

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25 minutes ago, 17030644 said:

You are new to overclock, aren't you?

 

All those problems are to be expected when your overclock is unstable, retry an overclock with different settings if you experience any issues, that's it.

Not necessarily, I just don't know the cause of this specific problem. Sorry for asking.

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26 minutes ago, Zurg94 said:

Not necessarily, I just don't know the cause of this specific problem. Sorry for asking.

You don't need to be sorry 

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2 minutes ago, 17030644 said:

You don't need to be sorry 

The OC is very low given that the card often goes to 4ghz. I could just be unfortunate but I thought I'd ask if anybody had any ideas. My PSU is a trash can so I assumed it could be a reason. 

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